hey my goal was to make the most powerful yet silent gaming pc. I tried a bunch of AIO coolers but they were still a little loud for me and i couldnt achieve that much of a higher of an OC to justify using one. With a nzxt kraken x60 i was able to get my 3570k to 4.6ghz stable. right now with my very cheap xigmatek gaia cooler and .super quiet arctic f12 fan im at 4.5ghz @1.21v using offset voltage to keep my temps low, compared to a fixed voltage. This fan only goes up to 1300 rpms and has a good sound profile the entire time. I prefer it over a noctua f12 that i tried.
For a video card I first went with a zotac 980 amp! it was an extremely cool card only getting to like 65c under load and not very loud. My issue with the Zotac was that the fans couldnt be set to go under 27% so the card was kind of loud on idle. Also if i tried to apply an overclock to the zotac and the fans went over 50% then they got crazy loud. I saw this 970 for sale locally and because i knew it was evgas newer verison with 0 decibel idle i picked it up. its really trippy seeing the fans not spin while my computer is on, i like want to pull the plug cause it seems unsafe. So from the factory the card idles at like 55c and then when i gaming the fans dont come on until it gets to 65c and even when they do come on they only go to about 35% and my card maxs at like 75c. This amazed me i thought at 65c they were going to come on at like full blast and be annoying but they slowly spin up to 35% that you never even hear them spin up.
I connected my pc to a killawatt meter and under load im only pulling like 250w from the wall. Im using a 850w psu from when i had sli, and a 250w load on that psu barely has any effect on it.
I bought the case and HD recently and cpu in like 2013, the other stuff i picked up used or refurbished. If i was going to do this build over i would probably go with 1tb worth of ssd and remove the HD (its the loudest part in my system)
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